When selecting a space for your home bar, keep these factors in mind:
Room Dimensions – Make sure you have adequate square footage for seating, appliances, and furnishings. At least 8-10 feet square is ideal.
Foot Traffic Flow – Situate your bar in an accessible spot that doesn’t disrupt main household pathways and transitions. Near the family room or kitchen is optimal.
Plumbing Access – Having your bar area near existing plumbing and drains simplifies installing sinks, ice machines and other water-based appliances.
Ambiance – Capture pleasing elements like views, fireplaces or soft accent lighting to set a relaxing bar atmosphere.
Noise Containment – For a separate bar room, use soundproofing materials so noise doesn’t carry throughout the home.
Once you select the perfect bar location based on size, layout, vibe and privacy, it’s time to focus on outfitting the space.
Outfit with High-End Bar Furnishings
Invest in quality furnishings to give your home bar an elegant, welcoming feel:
Bar Counter – Install a substantial 3-4 foot wide bar counter or island with comfortable padded bar stools for seating. Custom built-in cabinetry also works beautifully.
Sinks – Include at least one main bar sink plus a secondary prep sink to conveniently craft cocktails and clean up.
Refrigeration – An undercounter refrigerator provides easy access to chilled mixers, garnishes and cocktail components.
Dual Zone Wine Fridge – Display prized wine collections in a dual temperature wine fridge set to ideal serving temps for both reds and whites.
Ice Machine – An undercounter or standalone ice maker ensures you never run out of fresh ice for cocktails.
Glassware – Fully stock cabinets with an array of glassware like pilsners, wine glasses, martini and highball mixes.